Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Contest Update

The party is officially started! Welcome to day 1 of our 31-day birthday bash. Tomorrow is our first Weekend Edition of the month and we have our first BIG prize to give away. So leave a comment for a chance to win. If you need a reminder of the rules, check the legal page here. You can see all our fantastic birthday guests here, on our calendar, and download your own copy by clicking the link on the right side.

And welcome to the October Contest Update! The prize vault is open. We have a surprise package of 2016 holiday books for one commenter.

For writers entering The ACFW First Impression Contest, one complete entry review for two commenters. You must mention you want to be entered in this giveaway in the comments. Prize must be claimed asap to ensure pages are returned before the October 15 contest deadline.
And for another commenter we have chocolate. All you have to do is comment today. We'd love to hear your contest plans for the month or you can share how long you've been following the Seekerville blog. Or just say "hi!" 

Published Manuscripts

The RWA RITA Contest will open for entries at 11 a.m. CT,  Nov. 1, 2016.
Unpublished Manuscripts

Suzannah. Deadline October 1. The Suzannah is different from most other writers’ contests in that  published authors and unpublished writers all compete against one another in a single pool of entries without categories. Entry consists of maximum of 7,200 words, including synopsis (there is no restriction on length of synopsis, so long as the entire entry does NOT exceed 7,200) *not a cheap contest, but cash prize for the winner*

All six finalists will have their entries evaluated by the full panel of agents and editors. Our 2016 panel of final round judges includes:

Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency
Sharon Pelletier, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency
Victoria Curran, Sr. Editor, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Superromance
Lexi Smail, Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Candace Havens, Editorial Director, Entangled

The Emily. Deadline October 2. No synopsis!First 5,600 words, end on a hook, so less may be better.Open to published authors (you cannot have published in any form or length a title in your entry category during the 3 years prior to the contest deadline).Three first round judges for all entries. Lowest score dropped.

Long Contemporary –
Editor: Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing
Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.

Short Contemporary
Editor: Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC
Agent: Carrie Pestritto , Prospect Agency

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal
Editor: Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises
Agent: Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency

Historical Romance 
Editor: Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing
Agent: Patricia Nelson , Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Agent: Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency

Young Adult 
Editor: Alice Jerman, Harper Collins
Agent: Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary

Best of the Best is a competition between the first place winners of each category. The winner will receive $100. Best of the Best Judge:2016 RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year: Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books

Joyce Henderson. Deadline October 9. Unpublished authors and Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years. Entry consists of the first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements, PLUS a brief synopsis (up to one page, single-spaced). Synopsis is not judged. 


Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Editor: Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House
Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates

Editor: Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing
Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Young Adult
Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House
Agent: Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency

*NEW* Inspirational
Editor: Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing****OPPORTUNITY!!
Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency

Four Seasons. Deadline October 10. Unpublished authors may enter any category. Published authors may enter any category in which they’ve not been contracted or published for three years in any novel-length work of fiction. Entry consists of the first 25 pages. No synopsis.

Editor: Kristine E. Swartz,  Berkeley Publishing Group
Agent: Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Agency

Single Title Contemporary 
Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks.
Agent: Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Editor: Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press
Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency

Young Adult 
Editor: Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge
Agent: Marisa A. Corvisiero, Corvisiero Agency

Editor: Elizabeth Mazer, Harlequin Love Inspired**OPPORTUNITY
Agent: Lane Heymont, Tobias Agency

Romantic Suspense 
Editor: Brittany Lavery, Harlequin
Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency

ACFW First Impressions Contest. Deadline October 15. Entry will contain, in this order, a 200-word, single-spaced blurb which begins two spaces below the header, followed by the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Prologues are acceptable and should be included in the 5-page count. The entry will be 6 pages total, including 200-word blurb. One first-place winner from each category will be chosen. They will receive a complimentary renewal of ACFW membership for the following year, their name included among the promotional material at the ACFW Conference, and a press release to their local newspaper, if contact provided.

Hook, Line & Sinker. Deadline November 1. Open to Published and Unpublished authorsHone your skills in hooking an editor with our Hook Line and Sinker contest. Three judges, at least two of them published, will critique your first three pages. The top five entries will be ranked by Allison Lyons from Harlequin.  Open to nonRWA writers.

Emma Merritt Contest. Deadline November 30. Open to published and unpublished authors. Each entry must be an unpublished work – it cannot be published or under contract in any form or format, not in digital or print prior to the entry deadline.
Entry must be the first 5,000 to 8,000 words.

Contemporary:  Piya Campana, Senior Editor, Harlequin Super Romance; Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Tara Cuskaden, Editorial Director, Entangled Select-Otherworlds; (agent TBA)

Suspense/Mystery: (editor TBA); Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency
Historical: Tara Gavin, Executive Editor, Kensington Publishing Corp.; (agent TBA)

LGBTQ: Angela James, Editor in Chief, Carina Press; (agent TBA)

Women’s Fiction: Susan Litman, Senior Editor, Harlequin Special Editions; Danielle Marshall, Editorial Director, Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing

Inspirational: Raela Schoenherr, Acquiring Editor, Bethany House/Baker; Cori Deyoe of 3 Seas Literary Agency

Young Adult (YA): Susan Chang, Senior Editor, Tor/Tor Teen; Louise Fury of the Jenny Bent Literary Agency

2017 Golden Heart Contest opens to entries December 1, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. CT. More details next month on Seekerville's GH Reimbursement Opportunity. The Golden Heart is open to RWA members and nonmembers. Requires a full manuscript. 

Other Writing Opportunities

Heart of Denver Romance Writers Mini-Conference, Oct. 15, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Double Tree Hotel 8773 Yates Drive - Westminster Registration Link Presenter: Dr. Linda Seger "Making your Good Stories Great: Structuring and Shaping a Great Romance." Also featuring Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich. More information here: *******OPPORTUNITY!!!

Kensington Publishing Launches Digital Speculative Fiction Imprint-Manuscripts submitted to the new imprint for publication will be considered regardless of whether the author has an agent, Kensington said. The imprint's focus will also be on "soft" sci-fi, including thrillers; space travel; alternate worlds and histories; and classic epic fantasy. -Publisher's Weekly.

Focus on the Family Call for Submissions

Coming to an Iowa near you!!  Harlequin Red Quill Workshop. Saturday, October 15th. With Harlequin Assistant Editor, Dana Grimaldi. "Learn How to Be a Savvy Romance Author & a Hybrid Superstar." 10am – 2:30pm /Workshops 3pm - ... Socializing/Networking. Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport, 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50231. Registration includes the Morning, Afternoon Workshops and Lunch. REGISTER NOW!!

In the Pennsylvania area? Check out the Keystone Christian Fiction Writer's Conference, coming in November. Love Inspired Editor, Emily Rodmell is taking pitches! 

Check out FaithWriters for more writing opportunities!

Angels, Miracles, Cats, Dogs, Canada and more... The Chicken Soup upcoming topic line-up can be found here.

We've had queries on Woman's World Magazine, so here's a repeat of the information presented in February. 

Big News at Woman's World Magazine. Fiction editor, Johnene Granger, has retired after 16 years of reading our fiction and mystery submissions. Patricia Gaddis has taken over and there is no second reader. As always Patricia sends all stories on to the Executive Editor for final approval. More news: submissions are electronic as are contracts.  If you submit via snail mail, your submission will still be read. Save trees, time and stamps and consider submitting electronically. For authors who have sold to WW in the past, send your submission to - for authors who have not sold to WW yet, submit to

Still pays $800 for an 800 word, short romance. If you do not hear back in four months, re: print or email submission, you can consider that your story has not been accepted. More good news. Patricia Gaddis is now a member of the Woman's World Yahoo Loop and available to answer your questions. So do consider joining. Send an email to  No changes to word count or payment has been mentioned. 

Looking for some other ways to make money writing for Woman's World? Check ou this information:

Seekerville is delighted to welcome our October Contest Diva, Sharee Stover.

Taking the first step in sharing my manuscript was a pivotal point in this writing journey. It was the personal reckoning of whether I actually believed I could maybe—just maybe—be a real-life writer. As author/speaker Jen Hatmaker puts it, “it’s like standing naked in front of a group of people.” 

The great thing about having a writing community is the encouragement it provides. I’d see folks on Seekerville talk about their contest experiences and it helped to know others understood the angst. 

I decided if nothing else, the feedback was worth the entry fee. I desperately wanted the feedback. Needed the feedback. Feared the feedback.

Kids are great for throwing your words back at you and mine were no exception. They reminded me how I’ve repeatedly told them to step out in faith to grow. It was time to show and not tell.

I had two stories that I needed to test the waters with, so in 2015, I took a deep breath and hit send diving into the pool with the ACFW First Impressions Contest. The feedback I got was encouraging and painful but all of it helped me to see where I needed to make adjustments to the story. Back to the drawing board.

Shortly thereafter, I discovered the ACFW The End Contest. The only requirement was a completed manuscript written in 2015. I’d done that, so I entered and was thrilled when I won it! The prize package helped me to attend the conference this past August!

In February this year, I entered the Writer’s Digest Lucky Agent Contest. It was free so there was no reason not to enter. Unfortunately, I didn’t win or place in it. But the work to submit helped complete my tagline.

In March, I entered the ACFW Genesis with my first manuscript and although I didn’t place, it was a good reality check for where that particular story was and the work that needed to be done to it.

I entered the RWA Kiss of Death, Daphne Du Maurier with another story I’d completed, thinking there was no way I had a shot at this one. You can imagine my surprise when the phone rang and I found out I was a finalist. I couldn’t attend the award ceremony so I watched via live feed and just when they announced my category, the internet died. Are you kidding me? By the time it recovered, the announcement was over and I wasn’t the winner, but I did receive an Honorable Mention and a really great prize. This past August, I pitched the story from the Daphne Du Maurier and received requests for proposals from several agents. 

Devoting money, time, and a few tears for feedback to gauge your writing is invaluable. Whether you win or not, it’s a step of faith to share your story with the outside world and you might even get a reward for doing it.

Take a deep breath and dive into the contest pool! It’s worth the risk.

Sharee Stover makes her home in northeastern Nebraska with her longsuffering husband who is willing to eat pizza during the entire month of NaNoWriMo and listen to brainstorming story ideas ad nauseam. Her three amazingly wonderful children who understand the phrase “I just need a few more minutes to finish this scene,” which actually means an hour or more. And three needy and lovable dogs who insist on being let out every hour, on the hour to chase whatever squirrel, turkey or rabbit might dare to invade their yard. In between parenting college, high school and elementary aged children, attending high school sporting events, and walking an obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd, she writes romantic suspense stories.

That's it. Have a cupcake and then go forth and contest! 

Today's Contest Update was brought to you by Tina Radcliffe. Tina writes humorous, sweet and inspirational romance from her home in Arizona. She is a Carol Award winner for Mending the Doctor's Heart, as well as a 2016 Holt Medallion finalist, a 2016 Greater Detroit RWA’s Booksellers’ Best Book Award finalist and a NERFA finalist for Safe in the Fireman's Arms. The fourth book in the Paradise series, Rocky Mountain Reunion is currently available.  Rocky Mountain Cowboy will be available in December. She is a comma abuser.


  1. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

    How appropriate is it for the celebration to kick off with a contest update?

    Wishing you all a wonderful month and year ahead!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Seekerville! I'm truly thankful for you all!!

    There are some pretty good contests in here. I'm praying about which one(s?) to enter. :)

    I'm with Cate. I LOVE that this year's birthday celebration starts off with a Contest Update! It's because of you ladies that I ever got brave enough to enter a contest. And that's been a good, good thing.

    Congratulations, Sharee for being this month's Diva!

  3. Happy Birthday, Seekerville! Awesome contest update. Thank you!

  4. Well, I never thought of it like that!!! WOOOOT!! Thanks, Cate, Jeanne and Michelle for starting this celebration with us!

  5. Happy birthday Seekerville!!
    Happy contesting all who are entering!!
    And a warm welcome and congrats to our October contest Diva Sharee Stover!!!

    I'm grabbing a cupcake on my way to bed. For tomorrow morning hubby and I are on an early flight San Francisco bound!!! Four days of sunshine and playing tourists :-) See everyone again Wednesday, not sure the wi-fi situation where we're staying to know if I can pop in any sooner!! Blessings!!

  6. Have fun TRIXIE!!!

    And yes, a cupcake toast to Sharee Stover!

  7. Thanks for all the great contest info! This month is going to be so much fun @Seekerville. I'll be checking in often. Did someone say chocolate?

  8. Chocolate which = another 5K steps, Jan. LOLOL.

  9. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you;
    Happy Birthday, dear Seekerville.
    Happy Birthday to you!!!

  10. And many more.......

    Thanks, Helen.

    Thanks to all the Villagers that make Seekerville...a Village.

  11. Happy Birthday to Us!!!!!

    Tina, great contest update, and huge thank yous for putting it together. What a lovely bunch of opportunities are out there and we love to see folks take opportunity!

    Trixi!!! So glad you're feeling better and enjoy your time away! God bless you!

  12. I brought carrot cake cupcakes to add in for day one....

    Coffee is here!!!

    And can you believe it's October???? I love October so much!

    I could live on carrot cake if the scale and my jeans would let me.

  13. Happy birthday. Thanks for all you do! I love your annual party.

  14. Happy Birthday Seekerville! You all have been such a blessing in my life for many, many years. Thanks to one of your previous contest announcements, I got my first contract. This is the best blog ever!
    Thanks for putting this together, Tina. You rock!

  15. Happy Birthday!
    As a reader I'd love to be entered in contests. There's nothing getter than books and giftcards

  16. A lot can happen in 9 years! Congratulations and happy birthday Seekerville! I'll say it again: You all have been a huge blessing to me. I wouldn't have even known about writing contests if not for this website. Thank you, Tina for putting it together. God bless each and every one of you!

    Please enter me into the First Impressions entry review.

    I smiled when I read Sharee's post. I can relate to "I'm almost done writing this scene." My older kids now approach me with "Are you on a roll?" before they ask me anything. Thanks for the encouragement Sharee and congratulations on your growing success!

    Writing my first novel has definitely been a call to adventure!

  17. Thanks,Jill!! You are one of the Seekerville poster children for Persevereance!!!

  18. Yes! And you answered that call, Josee! Which is why Seekerville is here! For readers and motivated Writers like you!

  19. Happy 9th birthday! I found Seekerville in early 2014 and felt like I had come home to a group of family and friends who loved the same things I did, books!

    I've had a wonderful time getting to know everyone and have been blessed to win some prizes in the past couple of years too, that's just the icing on the birthday cake though!

    Congratulations to Diva Sharee, what a great month to reign over Seekerville!

    Pass the carrot cake cupcakes and I'll have a caramel macchiato coffee please! I have a feeling this is going to be a fattening month! Let the fun begin!

  20. Cupcakes for breakfast, Tracey! Does it get any better than that!!! Woooot. Only in Seekerville. Love it!

  21. Happy Birthday Seekerville! All you ladies are so wonderful to do all that you do to help the unpubbed writers work towards their dreams. I am sure everyone on unpubbed island will agree we appreciate you all so very, very much.

    Tina, loved the picture of the little girl with the donut or cupcake. Adorable.

    May you have a blessed month celebrating!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  22. Hey, that's me, Cindy W. Recognize those chocolate fingers, lololol.

    Happy Day, Cindy W.

    I am right now polishing the crown for our Diva, Sharee.

  23. Happy Birthday Seekerville! It's so cool that for YOUR birthday, WE get the prizes--how awesome is that? Well, I'm not too shy to hold out my hand for prizes--throw me into the kitty dish!

  24. Happy Birthday! Sharee, what a journey and thank you for sharing it. You speak for a lot of us. It's tought to get out there, but so worth it.
    I'm doing First Impressions this month and may be able to squeeze out a couple others before the end of the year.
    Oh this is funny...At the last minute I decided to enter two MS in Phoenix Rattler. One is the Oregon Trail piece that I've been circulating for a while and that got two "firsts" last year. The other one? It's been gathering figurative dust on my computer, but I dragged it out, updated it with what I've learned here and from my crit partner, and threw it into the mix. Oregon Trail didn't go anywhere (figuratively, I mean. In the contest. OF COURSE the actual trail went somewhere.) But the older piece finaled. I love irony, don't you? So I'll be polishing that for the rest of October, along with reading Sandy's devotional series which I traditionally do in October. I'm on vac this week so may be on here more often, yay. Enter me in whatever you're giving away...My vacation reads are the ones I won by Myra and Candee Fick, so it's all good.
    Kathy Bailey
    Savoring the irony in New Hampshire

  25. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!!!

    October is always so much fun.

  26. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

    I've been hanging around here since late-2010, and I've always felt like part of the family :) Seekers rock. That's all there is to it.

    Contest news? No contests for me this month. I'm doing all I can to meet my Nov. 1st deadline. NaNoWriMo has nothing on what my October looks like...

    And Sharee! It was so great to meet you in Nashville! Congratulations on being the contest diva!

  27. Good morning Seekerville! And Happy Birthday! I’m here with pumpkin coffee and pumpkin donuts to help celebrate.

  28. Thank you JEANNE!! I’m thrilled to be sharing this day with you all.

  29. CATE, can you believe it’s October already? Crazy!

  30. MICHELLE, there’s no lack of contesting options, that’s for sure!

  31. TINA, cupcake toasting with my pumpkin donut. What a wonderful way to start the day.
    TRIXI, San Francisco sounds like a wonderful destination! Enjoy!
    JAN, how did we forget the chocolate?! Thank you for the reminder.

  32. And I should have said, that I love and appreciate Seekerville for so much help & encouragement for aspiring writers. Thanks for everything you do for us.

  33. HELEN GRAY, thank you for doing the singing. I like you all way to much to sing for you. Giggle.

    MARY PRESTON, Seekerville throws the best parties.

    Good morning RUTH!!! OOOOOOOH, I just love carrot cake! I’m putting my pumpkin donut aside. I’m with you, still can’t believe it’s October already. Seems like only yesterday I was avoiding my swimsuit and the pool. :)

  34. Heads up Seekervile! Another birthday present for readers has arrived!

    Cowboy Christmas Homecoming, the new book by Gilead Publishing with our own Julie, Mary and Ruthy in it, has released two weeks early! I had an ARC and just posted my review, it's so good, I've no doubt everyone will enjoy it!

    Thanks Ruthy, Mary and Julie for some great hours of reading, loved all your stories!

  35. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEEKERVILLE! I look forward to this month all year with anticipation. I LOVE it that you are a village of writers and readers! I have so enjoyed getting to know you all, and look forward to more.
    Congratulations, Sharee!

  36. JILL WEATHERHOLT, your first contract?! Woowhoo!! That’s an even better reason to celebrate this morning. Congratulations! You’re living the dream!
    BETTIE, thanks for joining in!
    CATHYANN40, I’m with you. Books and giftcards are the best.

    JOSEE, Cheering you on for First Impressions!! How wonderful that your kids are encouraging in your writing. I know that means a ton. I can relate to the first novel adventure.
    Seekerville Rocks.

    TRACEY HAGWOOD, I tell myself I can give up coffee before summer (of course I don’t)…then in the fall I do it again. But the cool weather and delightfully wonderful baking season approaches and…I just have to walk the dog more so I can indulge.
    OOOOOH (waving hand in the air emphatically) TINA, can I wear a crown today? I loved Tracey’s words…reigning in October!

  37. So much fun to read. I should be ready to enter something in December or January, so I'll know where to come look. :)

  38. Happy Birthday Seekerville!!!! I've been looking forward to this party!

    It truly is amazing how much can happen in just a few short years. I'm excited to see what the next few years bring :)

    I'd love to be entered for a First Impressions review!

    And Sharee! Your story is so encouraging! We writers just have to keep plugging away at it :)

  39. Congratulations, Diva SHAREE!! Thank you for sharing your journey!!

    Thanks for a great contest update, TINA!! And I love your comma confession - I am too :-)

    I've been hanging around Seekerville since late 2015, and have learned sooooo much - including the importance of entering contests. So worth the effort. Thank you, SEEKERS, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  40. Welcome to SHAREE and congratulations on all your contest achievements! So nice to spend time with you at ACFW a few weeks ago!

    Wow, is it really nearly RITA/GH time again??? Another super-duper contest update, TiNA! And thanks for the reminder about the changes at Woman's World. I keep hoping to give it a try one of these days but so far haven't come up with the right story idea--or the time to experiment with it.

  41. CATHY W., Seekerville is so kind to writers. A blessing beyond words.

    TINA, Giggle. I love the crown already!

    VICKI, How wonderful is Seekerville? Yay for prizes!!!

    KAYBEE – KATHY BAILEY, Cheering you on for First Impressions! Congratulations on being a finalist in the Phoenix Rattler!! That’s awesomesauce!

    ROSE – Thanks for being here!

  42. Congratulations, SHAREE! Many blessings as you progress in your writing journey! :-)

    Congratulations on your 9th birthday, SEEKERVILLE!This community's been such a blessing in my life. I was a lurker for many years before commenting. So glad I joined the fun!

    THANK YOU, SEEKERVILLE, for encouraging, mentoring, and challenging us to move forward in our writing careers. THANK YOU for your time and effort you put into this blog and this community. We can tell it is truly a labor of love.

    THANK YOU, TINA, for another wonderful WE edition and birthday bash kick-off! You have blessed me so much! CONGRATULATIONS on your recent accomplishments. YOU are awesome!!!!

  43. 9 years already? Wow, what a ride! Thanks to everyone who helps make Seekerville a success. I'm so glad Tina always has chocolate to share, LOL!

    Congratulations on the Diva crown, Sharee! Don't you just love it when hard work pays off? And is recognized!! Way to go!

    I saw Ruthy brought Carrot cake. Mmmm, my favorite. Don't you just love fall??

    Here's to a great birthday month!

  44. JAN DREXLER – Big hug! I was privileged to meet this lovely lady in Nashville. So groovy to see you in my catalog! Yay for living the dream!

    TRACEY – I’m so jealous you got to read Cowboy Christmas already!

    MARIANNE – Thanks for swinging by and celebrating with us today!

    VONI – Big hug! Loved meeting you in Nashville! A fellow suspense writer y’all! We’ll be cheering you on when you’re ready to dive into the contest pool.

    MEGAN – Yay for First Impressions! Cheering you on!! Love this family of writers.

    LAURA – Thanks so much for being here today!

    MYRA – What a delight it was to meet you in Nashville!

  45. CYNTHIA – Thank you for those blessings! And I’ll give a hearty AMEN to all those beautiful comments!

    Thanks Audra! Let’s all raise a cupcake for many more years of Seekerville!!!

    TINA - My winter clothes are patiently waiting to be unpacked. 80 degrees one day...60 the next...GADS.

  46. Happy Birthday appreciate you!!

    Congrats to Diva Sharee!! Blessings on your writing!

    Looking forward to another great month and YEAR with Seekerville friends. Count me in for the
    contests for readers!!!

  47. Happy Birthday Seekerville. I think I have been hanging out here for 3 years. I have learned so much and know I still have a ways to go. I am so grateful for all of you. Please enter ne in all the giveaways. I am planning to enter at least one in the First Impressions, If I get picked for the review, it would be awesome.

    Congratulations to all winners and congratulations to Diva Sharee.

  48. Congrats to Diva Sharee, for both daring to contest and the successes. Your bio left me smiling. I can so identify with the "I just need a few more minutes to finish this scene." Wishes for all the best ahead.

    Kudos to Kaybee for finaling in the Phoenix Rattler! How funny -- and typical of the writing life -- the final was the older story :-)

    Cheers for Julie, Mary and Ruthy on the new release.

    THANKS to Tina for the Contest Update. Cats? They want stories about cats? Gotta check into that for sure.

    And applause for all who are entering contests!!

    Nancy C

  49. They do want cat stories, Nancy C. HOW COOL IS THAT??????

  50. Diva Sharee;

    I've seen you grow as both a writer and a woman of God over this past year, and I am SO BLESSED to have you in my life.
    You've challenged me with all you've put out there in both enthusiasm and your zeal to LEARN - REALLY LEARN - the craft while WRITING WITH GOD!

    I'm so glad you're such a big part of SEEKERVILLE!

    Much love and Multiple prayers for your success in every area of life!

  51. Oh ... how long have I been following the Seekerville blog? I lurked for years while you were island-bound before I commented. It's been a while is all I know -- and a lot of fun, encouragement, and shared knowledge.

    Happy Birthday!

    Nancy C

  52. Happy Birthday, Seekerville. I "stumbled"onto this website in 2012...been lurking or blogging sporadically ever since. This group of encouragers has launched many careers and the Seekers commitment to their group of fledgling writers is truly a God inspired calling! My small band of writers, the three of us have been texting encouraging words for each baby step taken in writing this week. This is a powerful accountability! I have just printed my novel and will work on completing this month as I celebrate the "birthday" with you.

  53. Tina, fall is the beautiful time of year where crisp mornings give way to warm days and then chilly nights. No more lawn mowing; no more air-conditioner.

    I'm making an apple strudel as we speak :)

    Do cacti change color??

  54. Congrats on your success Sharee, from a fellow Nebraskan!

    So excited that it is time for the Seekerville birthday month again. This is my third year for it. So much fun!

    Not yet ready to enter one of these contests but getting closer. On the other hand, I have been more diligent with sending short stories. I currently have three out and hope to get a Woman's World submission ready soon.

  55. No, cactus bloom, however. Which is pretty amazing.

    I am drinking hot coffee again, so there is some change in the air.

    I do miss autumn in Colorado.

  56. Congratulations, Kathy Bailey on your RATTLER CONTEST final. If anyone sees a list of finalists, holler or post it in the comments.

  57. Happy birthday Seekerville, thank you for the contest update, I will consider each one carefully. Also congratulations to Sharee!

  58. Happy Ninth Birthday, Seekerville!!!!!!!!! So proud to be part of this great community! The years have flown by.

    Thanks for the contest update and fun Weekend Edition, Tina!


  59. Diva Sharee, mega congratulations on putting your stories out there. Feedback from fresh eyes is huge!! Really enjoyed hanging out with you in Nashville!


  60. This is a wonderful list, Tina. I'm excited to see an opportunity I'd like to take advantage of - the Emma Merritt Contest has a Mystery/Suspense category! Yay! Happy Birthday, Seekerville!


  61. You are welcome, Nicky! BE BRAVE!!

  62. Go for it, DANA!!!

    What have you done today to make your dreams come true?

  63. Thanks JACKIE!!

    Yay WILANI!! Cheering you on for First Impressions.

    NANCY C. – I can spend an entire day working on a scene, for the love of sam! You’ll have to let us know what CAT stories you come up with! I always have a dog in mine...if my GSD wouldn't try to eat it, we'd love to have a cat.

    JOY – you bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for that sweet word hug!

    OLIVIA – Congrats on the birth of your novel baby!

    SANDY – Yay for your short story submissions! Let us know how it goes!

    TINA – my Colorado homesickness kicks in big time in the fall. Sniffle..Whimper…Whine…

    NICKY – Go for it!

    JANET – Oh my, did I ever love meeting you in Nashville! Best. Time. EVER.

    DANA – Happy dancing for mystery / suspense!

  64. Happy Birthday to Seekerville. I've been lurking for a few years and I've even been brave enough to comment a few times. I truly am thankful for this site and the wonderful information freely shared. I've learned a lot but I have a lot more to learn.

    Please, enter me in the giveaway for the ACFW First Impressions Review.

  65. Hi to Theresa Van Meter!!! You are entered and thanks for the lovely words.


    Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense

    Dana McNeely
    Roy Voss
    Crystal Acosta


    Rachel McDaniel
    Kathleen Bailey
    Betty Willis

    Speculative Fiction

    Tom McDonald
    Burton Voss
    Richard Spillman


    Karen Hsu
    Megan Menard
    Lurie Lucking


    Jessie Gussman
    Alicia Whittle
    Robyn Hook

  67. Happy Birthday Seekerville!!! Let the celebration begin.

    And congrats Diva Sharee for braving contests. :)

  68. December seems like a long way off Tina. Rocky Mountain Cowboy can't come out soon enough for me!
    I'll enter First Impressions - maybe. I think I need a pep talk.

  69. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEEKERVILLE!!! Can hardly believe we're starting our 9th year -- WOW!!! And what a blessing it has been, not only the fabulous friendships with twelve of the coolest women I have ever know, but the extension of those friendships into a blog where even more wonderful friendships have been forged. We are blessed in Seekerville, and I thank God for each and every blessing that has come our way and those yet to come!

    JEANNE SAID: "I'm with Cate. I LOVE that this year's birthday celebration starts off with a Contest Update! It's because of you ladies that I ever got brave enough to enter a contest. And that's been a good, good thing."

    I have to admit, I was a wee bit surprised Day One of our birthday month was going to be a Contest Update, but Jeanne's brilliant comment made me realize it is the perfect kickoff to our tenth year since it was contests that brought all of the Seekers together in the first place to create Seekerville, so WOW!!! You sure nailed it, Jeanne!

    TRIXI, I am sooooo jealous of you, girl -- I LOVE San Francisco!! You guys have a great time!!

    TRACEY, I KILL for Caramel Macchiato coffee!! Unfortunately I can't find it in decaf anymore, which I LOVED, so now I drink the regular Caramel Macchiato and poor Keith suffers the rest of the day. We're talkin' a true CDQ!! Oh, well. We just celebrated our 48th anniversary Thursday, so if he's still around, that's a good thing, right? ;)

    Hugs and HAPPY WEEKEND, all!!


  70. Cindy, I think you need to enter more than First Impressions. That's for folks just starting out. No editor or agent judges.

    You need to enter Joyce Henderson and the Emma Merritt!!! ABSOLUTELY!!!!

  71. Yay!!! It's party-time in Seekerville. Going to be a blast!

  72. SHAREE!!!!!

    I figured you needed a comment all your own, darlin', because you ROCK!! Sooooo proud of all you have accomplished, especially winning the THE END contest -- that's AWESOME, both that win AND the fact that you got to go to ACFW this year AND I got to meet you!! And by the way, girlfriend, my son and family are moving to Omaha next year, so you know what that means, don't you??? LUNCH WITH MARY AND ME AND THRILL RIDES DOWN ONE-WAY STREETS THE WRONG WAY!! (Inside joke with Ms. Connealy, but don't ever get in a car with her is all I'm saying ... ;)

    YOU SAID: "I desperately wanted the feedback. Needed the feedback. Feared the feedback."

    LOVE the alliteration, my friend, which clearly demonstrates your excellent writing ability!

    YOU ALSO SAID: "You can imagine my surprise when the phone rang and I found out I was a finalist. I couldn’t attend the award ceremony so I watched via live feed and just when they announced my category, the internet died. Are you kidding me? By the time it recovered, the announcement was over and I wasn’t the winner, but I did receive an Honorable Mention and a really great prize. This past August, I pitched the story from the Daphne Du Maurier and received requests for proposals from several agents."

    OH. MY. GOSH!!! Can hardly believe that happened to you -- YIKES!! And SUPER CONGRATS on the requests for proposals from several agents -- THAT'S HUGE!! Saying a prayer right now that you get the right one.

    And why do I have the strong feeling that you will be published by our tenth Seekerville birthday???? PRAYING!!!


  73. (Inside joke with Ms. Connealy, but don't ever get in a car with her is all I'm saying ... ;)

    (I'd like to second this and I was not present at the above insider joke incident!)

    If you want to see God and his angels in action, follow Mary around in her car for a day.

  74. TRACEY!!! Our first review for Cowboy Christmas Homecoming -- WHOO-HOO!!!! Thank you SO much for the great review, and I am thrilled you enjoyed it. Gilead is such a class act and great people to write for, so this has been a real blessing.

    MYRA SAID: "Wow, is it really nearly RITA/GH time again???" I feel exactly the same way, Myra -- it's like WHOOOOOOOOOOOSH, and another year has flown by!

    And, TINA, I was soooo excited about the birthday celebration that I forgot to commend you on yet another WE -- EXCELLENT JOB as usual!!

    KATHY BAILY!!! Super congrats on your RATTLER CONTEST final -- you go, girl!!


  75. Happy,happy birthday,Seekerville!!!!!!
    I have connected with you because of my author friend, Julie Lessman😊

  76. Happy,happy birthday,Seekerville!!!!!!
    I have connected with you because of my author friend, Julie Lessman😊

  77. Charlotte! Glad to have you here and out of Lurkdom!!! Writer or Reader or both???

  78. JULIE!!! This is not the WE ED. That's tomorrow.

  79. Chiming in to congratulate Kathy Bailey on the Rattler contest final!!


  80. I've always loved contests! The Rita is the pinnacle for me but so tough!! That won't stop me from entering. :-)


  81. Happy birthday, Seekerville!

    Congratulations to Contest Diva Sharee!

  82. Happy 9th Birthday! 9 is a wonderfully fun age! :)

  83. Happy Birthday Seekerville!
    Have a great week everyone!!

  84. Woohoo! Happy 9th birthday Seekerville, seekers and villagers! Such exciting times in store for many years to come! I'm quite enamored with all the cupcakes there. I am craving one right now and might have to go grab a real one.

    Is it also contests time?! Such happy news. Have fun writers!

    Congrats Sharee!

    So what do the Seekers have in store for us this birthday month celebration? I'm excited to see!

    Happy happy happy Birthday!

  85. Finally I got signed in....Happy happy your contests and love entering...but this is super special....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

  86. What an awesome start to October!!!! Congratulations on your 6 yr anniversary, and just know that y'all mean so much to us. Your words inspire and educate and teach us things we need to know. Awesome awesome!

  87. p.s. what an idiot I am lol . . . happy 9th, instead of happy 6th. I am really sorry for the mistake there.

  88. Happy Birthday Seekerville!! What a way to celebrate a birthday than to have a giveaway party. Hope I win something. Thanks for the opportunity.

  89. Happy Birthday to you!! Thanks for celebrating with a giveaway!

  90. Thank you, lovely readers and writers!!!

    A shout out back at Keli, Splash, Rebecca, Just Commonly, Debbie Rhoades, Debbie Clatterbuck, Virginia and Kelly O.

    If you go to you can see the calendar for October.

    Hot Link!

  91. Happy Birthday Seekerville! Good luck to all who are entering contests!


  92. Happy birthday Seekerville! While I don't come on here often, I enjoy hearing about what's happening :)

  93. THERESA – Thank you for commenting and cheering you forward on First Impressions!

    Hi MEGAN BESSING! Thanks for being here today.

    CINDY REGNIER – You’ve come to the right place for a contest pep talk!

  94. Hi JULIE! Waving emphatically!!!

    I’m telling ya, every nervous, terrified moment of contest entering is totally worth it when it means hanging with you and the Seekerville Ladies in person. Life doesn’t get better than that! Okay, maybe a contract or two…or ten…and an agent…I got big dreams!

    I’m happy dancing all over the place! Woowhoo!!! So excited you’ll be visiting us!!! Oh my goodness, can we get into trouble…er…I mean can we have FUN or what?!

    TINA, I can attest to being in the car when MARY’S driving. I choose to sit in the backseat, where I can’t see anything happening or have to be a witness before a judge. Giggle.

    If I am published by the tenth birthday the cake is on me!! Keep those prayers coming!

  95. Hi WALT! Seekerville throws the best parties!

    CHARLOTTE – Welcome!

    JANET – Cheering for you in the RITA!

    KELI – Thank you!!! So glad you stopped in! Grab a cupcake.

    SPLASH – 9 is a wonderful age! Ah, to be young again.

    REBECCA – Thanks for coming by!

    JUST COMMONLY – TINA just keeps upping the ante doesn’t she? She’s awesome!

    VIRGINIA – Greetings!! So glad you could make it.

  96. Whew! Coming up for air as I race toward yet another deadline! Looks like you've gathered another great bundle of contest opportunities, TINA!

    Congrats, SHAREE on your Contest "Diva-ship"! Very well deserved. Those of us who've been where you are--stepping out into those seemingly shark-infested contest waters--understand the courage it took to jump in--and to KEEP jumping in. Again and again and again. (I groaned when I read that your internet went out just as they came to announcing the winner of your category. Aaaah!) Congratulations--you're well on your way and your journey is one that will encourage so many others who are considering testing the contest waters. We hope to hear in the not-too-distant future that you've sailed off unpubbed island!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEEKERVILLE--we have all of you Villagers to thank for us making it this far!

  97. DEBBIE RHOADES – Amen and Amen!

    DEBBIE CLATTERBUCK – Thanks for hanging with us.

    KELLY O – Not only do we get super writing tips, advice and help…we get presents! Seekerville rocks!

    Hi BECKY. We can cheer together!

    STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT – No matter when you come by, there’s great things happening here.

    GLYNNA – Shark invested is so right but that’s what builds tough skin, yes? At least that’s what I’m told…haven’t actually acquired it. However, I do have whining down to a fine art.

  98. Happy Birthday, Seekerville! So excited about the month ahead! Woot!

    Reaching for a slice of birthday cake...and a party hat!

    Thanks, Tina, for a wonderful contest update! Diva Sharee, so proud of all you've accomplished!!! Woo-hoo!!!

    I'm at GRW's Moonlight & Magnolias Conference spreading the word about our amazing birthday party! Waving to all the M&M folks who stop by the blog. Getting ready for the awards ceremony. Ruthy and Kristi Hunter are up for a Maggie! Tonya Agler is up for the Unpublished Maggie. I'm cheering for all these wonderful ladies! Good luck, everyone!

  99. happy happy 9th birthday and I just found out about this place, yikes. Thanks for the cupcake and visit.

  100. HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Seekerville and all my beloved Seekers!! Love you all :)

  101. Happy Birthday, Seekerville! Congratulations! Good luck to all the authors who enter contests this month! I hope you all do well.

    Thanks, Tina, for a great contest update! You did a great job!

    My husband and I are on our "bucket list" vacation now - going on a fall foliage tour in New England. We are having an awesome time! Since we are from Oregon, it's fantastic to see a new part of the country! I hope everyone has a fabulous October!!!!

  102. With a name like Starlight Starbright, you should stop by all the time!!!!

  103. Good to see Miz Carrie!

    Hi Robyn L!

  104. Hi there, Valri!!

    Happy Saturday!!!

  105. Happy Birthday, Seekerville. I have been following Seekerville for two years. I LOVE how valuable all the information is. Thank you for all you do! Here's to many more!!

  106. A big congratulations to the Phoenix Rattler Finalists!
    SHAREE, I had to come back this evening to read your DIVA story. Wow! You are a DIVA indeed. Congratulations to you!

  107. “it’s like standing naked in front of a group of people.”

    So THAT's where that dream comes from... the mind of a terrified writer. Well, NOW we know!

  108. Sharee, I can relate to the dog-walking, dog-sitting problem. I'm sitting my "grand dog" this weekend, my son and DIL's Boston Terrier. Odie's used to being contained to their yard, but here, he can go "hog" wild. And he does!!!

    This morning when I let him out, I didn't see him for about an hour. Talk about SWEATING!!! It's not that he's far away, it's just that we have woods and pastures all around and I can't SEE him, so I worry. He's my DIL's baby and I worry that something will happen. Thursday night I took him with me to my parents, and he took off about 10 that night when I got ready to leave. I thought I was going to have to spend the night. Thankfully, he came back about 15 minutes later.

    Thankfully, I live 1/2 mile from a public road, but still.... he worries me.

  109. CHARLOTTE!! I am sooooooo glad you connected with Seekerville, my friend, because it's sooooooo great to have you here!!

    TINA!!! But I keep you on your toes, you have to admit, even if I'm not on mine ... ;)

    TINA SAID ABOUT MARY'S DRIVING: "If you want to see God and his angels in action, follow Mary around in her car for a day"

    SHAREE SAID ABOUT MARY'S DRIVING: "I can attest to being in the car when MARY’S driving. I choose to sit in the backseat, where I can’t see anything happening or have to be a witness before a judge. Giggle."

    Oh, THANK GOD, it's not just me -- I thought Mary might have a vendetta against me, driving down not one, but TWO one-way streets the wrong way. But I have to admit something my hubby always says about me: "Life with Mary is NEVER boring"!! ;)


  110. KAYBEE!!!! Congrats on finaling in the Rattler contest! :)

  111. Well done, Tina :)

    Congratulations to all the authors!

    Please enter me in the reader drawings. I don't know how long I've been a Seekerville fan here but only consistently for about a year. However, I think I've been reading some of your books from the start :)

    May God bless all of Seekerville!

  112. Speaking of indulging...

    I just made a sugar-free, gluten-free Lemon Sour Cream Pie WITH homemade sugar-free whipped cream to dollop on top. It's chilling in the fridge as we speak.

    Gather round for lemon pie and coffee! There's plenty for everyone! :)

  113. Diva Sharee...

    Reminds me of Stevie Wonder's song... Ma Cherie Amour ... :)

  114. I'd love to be entered in the reader drawings!

    Wow, reading about all the contests in overwhelming. You guys do great work! Keep it up!

  115. Happy birthday Seekerville! I believe I first visited Seekerville about a year ago. It has been such a delight getting to know many of you here on the Internet as well as meeting some of you face to face! Thank you for sharing your hearts here and in your books. Love and hugs to you all!

  116. Happy birthday Seekerville! I believe I first visited Seekerville about a year ago. It has been such a delight getting to know many of you here on the Internet as well as meeting some of you face to face! Thank you for sharing your hearts here and in your books. Love and hugs to you all!

  117. DEBBY!!! So glad you’re here! Can’t wait to hear about Ruth and Kristi Hunter’s win!!! Tonya Agler too!!

    ROBYNL – welcome!! You’re never too late for the party!

    CARRIE – Celebrating with you.

    VALRI – I’m super impressed you stopped in when you’re in such a beautiful place vacationing!

    KELLY – Thanks for stopping by.

    JILL – That made my night! Thanks!!

    JULIE – MARY does make life wonderful!!!

    PHYLLIS – these ladies are such fantastic authors!

    KATY C – Grab some dessert!

  118. PAM – Right?! Eegads it’s wonderful scary to be naked…symbolically.
    My dogs would love all that freedom! We take ours to an open area and walk them off leash. They love it!

    The pie sounds soooooo good. I’m ready. Holding my fork. Let’s do this.
    Oh yes…cannot tell you how many renditions of that song I’ve heard in my life.

  119. You all have been so gracious and delightful. Thank you for letting me hang out with you all today. It’s been soooooooo groovy! I’ve loved every minute of it.

    Ms. TINA, you've got me wanting to dive into the contest pool again!!


    and huge congrats to super DIVA Sharee. LOVE your story!!!

    I found Seekerville via Anita Mae Draper in 2008 - just after getting married 08-08-08. Of course I lurked the first year because the knowledge here intimidated me a bit, but then Mary and Ruthy teasing each other in the comments helped me un-lurk (about the time my little boy was born - OCTOBER BABY).

    So October is an awesome birthday month because I share my birthday, my son's birthday and Seekerville's birthday this month. I'm thinkin' how cool is that??? And I also think it is DIVINE providence that the tenth year starts off with a contest update (which is fantabulous as always TINA - you rock!) That speculative fiction imprint for Kensingtion Publishing piques my interest.

    No contests for me. I need to actually WRITE for a change. Chasing a six -almost seven year old has put a severe dent in writing time. I still have no clue how women with more than one child actually get anything done.*sigh*

    Put me in for chocolate. One can NEVER have enough chocolate.

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY SEEKERVILLE. Happy Birthday and may the Lord continue to bless you Ladies multi-times more than the blessings you've been to us Villagers.

    Just sayin...

  121. Yay! Happy Birthday, Seekerville! :) I can't wait to visit and see what each of the authors have planned. Congrats, Seekerville!

  122. Congratulations Sharee!

    What a great way to celebrate. I LOVE Seekerville birthday month!

    I've been gone all day and am just now checking in! So many good contests out there. I'd love to enter one, or several, contests, but I really shouldn't until I get my wip completed.

  123. Happy, happy birthday, Seekerville!! I have learned SO much from this awesome website. And every time I pop in, I find so much more to think about, like Julie's post yesterday! Every new author should read that post... every morning. LOL

  124. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!!
    Thank you for such a terrific blog!
    Wishing you all continued success!
    God Bless

  125. Thank you, to Sharee and to all the Villagers who stopped by today.

    Yes. Time to enter a few more contests people. Keep the dream moving forward.

    No guts. No glory.

  126. Congrats to all the winners and finalists this week! Happy birthday, Seekerville. You do so much for us, we should be giving you gifts.

  127. πŸŽ‰πŸŒΉHappy Birthday, Seekerville!!! πŸŒΉπŸŽ‰ I sure do love you ladies. πŸ’ž

  128. HEY SHAREE YOU DIVA!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm thrilled for your success this year.
    Keep up the great work!!!!!!!

    Come and have lunch with me sometime!

  129. Tracey I've got to go check. So you're saying there are REVIEWS UP????????????


  130. HEY JULIE YOU LIVED DIDN'T YOU???????? (whiner)

  131. Tina, Sweetie, I cannot remember a single brush with death when you were riding with me!

    (amnesia is your friend)

  132. Aw, you guys are so sweet. And Linnette is throwing flowers at us. Or are those red peppers. lol

  133. Sharee that's where I SIT when I drive!
    You don't suppose that's at the root of my trouble do you???

  134. I'm sure you've just never spent enough time with me, Julie. I promise you'd soon be bored....and for the rest of your life!

  135. DebH, I think me making fun of Ruthy is sweet and brilliant. I'm so glad you enjoy it.

    (sez Mary on a FREE For ALL Make Fun of Mary Day.
    How many candles does THAT get on a cake!!!!

  136. Tracey I saw your review..........I'm assuming it's OUR Tracey.

    Thank you, it was great.

  137. MARY JANE/VIRGINIA SAID: "And every time I pop in, I find so much more to think about, like Julie's post yesterday! Every new author should read that post... every morning. LOL"

    LOL ... thanks, my friend, and I agree. I think I need to read it every morning ... ;)

    MARY SAID: "HEY JULIE YOU LIVED DIDN'T YOU???????? (whiner)"

    HA! Just barely ... ;) And you're right that I haven't spent enough time with you, my friend, but I plan to remedy that after my kids move to Omaha, I promise!


  138. Wow another birthday to celebrate. What a blessing to be in Seekerville.

    Congrats to Diva Sharee. Woo hooo. Always fun to read about another contest diva. Yay!!!

  139. Awesome!!! Happy birthday! I love giveaways, they're always so much fun!

  140. Happy Birthday Seekerville. I'm sending a big thank you to all of the volunteers that keep this wonderful, informative website going. You do a fantastic job of keeping us updated in this fast moving writing market. Bless you all.

    Good luck to all writers and their future entries in the current contests or submission stage.

  141. Oops. I forgot to congratulate the winners in past contests. Enjoy the ride. I am on vacation and staring at one of God's great creations, the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona. Simply mesmerizing in beauty. I hope to write some on the balcony with this tremendous view. Have a wonderful Sunday all.

  142. Hello from another Nebraskan.. Happy Birthday Seekerville! I've been a follower for maybe 3 years and this is such an interesting site.. I do enjoy learning from all these wonderful authors and guests :)
    toss me in, you have the best gifts!

  143. 🎢🎢πŸ’₯πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚Happy Birthday SeekervilleπŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ’₯🎢🎢
    Love all the information you provide.

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  145. Happy birthday, Seekerville!!!! Nine years! Who could have imagined your enormous success...and that you would be the best writing blog on the Net today. I've brought balloons, party hats, and noisemakers. Let's party hearty!!

  146. Happy Birthday Seekerville!!!! :)
    Thank you Miss T for another awesome contest update and for ALL the hard work you do!!
    CONGRATS to Diva Sharee!! So glad I got to meet you in the lobby at ACFW (where you were a "peach recipient" LOL). :)
    Sooo many opportunities available in the contest updates and information - - WOW!
    Thank you again, Tina and Seekerville - - you truly are the BEST!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

    p.s. My "family birthday season" finishes up today with my daughter Becca's b'day, so now I can spend the rest of October celebrating Seekerville!! :) *Blowing party horn and setting out peach-frosted cupcakes*

  147. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEEKERVILLE! It is a pleasure getting to know each of you and reading your AWESOME books!

  148. Happy birthday, Seekerville!

    Thank you, Sharee for sharing your journey. I've just entered my first contest and reading your post helps me not feel so alone.

  149. Just amazing.
    Happy HAPPYYYYYY barkday, Seekerville!

    So thrilled to be part of this pawmazing community.

    Congrats to all the divas/divos as you go forth and contest!

    What a terrific month this is going to be.
    Have a great first full week of October - can it be?

  150. Wait, nine already??? Time truly flies! Happy birthday, Seekerville, and many happy returns!!

  151. Thank you for your work on this lesson, Sharee. You did a great job of prompting me to remember the importance of contests--feedback, visibility, and building confidence. And congratulations to Seekerville on our birthday. Woohoo!!! Blessings to you all.

  152. Great job, Sharee! I love the line about sharing your writing being like standing in front of others naked. Painfully true and made me laugh our loud, literally!

    Happy 9th Bday, Seekerville! Thank you all for the encouragement, wisdom and knowledge you share here! But mostly for showing all of us how to "pay if forward!"

    Love you all!

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